Grounded, developer Obsidian’s inch-high backyard survival adventure, has just rolled out another update on the way to its version 1.0 release later this year, introducing what appears to be an on-demand Horde mode of sorts for listens to players who want to farm and fight specific enemies.
As explained in a new developer video, the idea behind Grounded’s Bugs Strike Back update is to introduce – in “true Obsidian fashion” – faction reactivity. As more players engage with specific types of bugs in their quest for new materials – whether by killing them outright or just invading their territory – the more likely these creatures will be invading player bases in an attempt to exact revenge.
While this happens automatically during gameplay, those looking for an on-demand style experience can take advantage of two additional features. There’s the new Waft Emitter device, which allows players to summon certain types of bugs to a location to wreak wave-based mayhem by pinching pieces stolen from their downed brethren. The more pieces used, the more intense the ensuing battle will be, so players are advised to proceed cautiously.
Grounded’s latest update also adds new MIX.Rs around the yard, which reward a significant amount of Raw Science for use with Wendell’s experiments. However, this can only be achieved by first putting the gadgets into overdrive, which immediately begins to lure Bugs onto players’ positions – and they must hold off the attack long enough to secure their prize.
To expand the new gameplay options and give players a chance to survive against the incoming hordes, Obsidian introduced the ability to upgrade armor to add permanent buffs, as well as a range of new offensive and defensive gear, such as the mine-like Explosives Burr Traps as well as Pebble Turrets and Pollen Turrets. Players can also now “peep” bugs to obtain collectible-style creature cards that highlight specific bug strengths and weaknesses and track how many they’ve killed.
Grounded’s latest update – which also includes a variety of quality of life additions – is available today for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. It marks the next step in the survival game’s nearly two-year Early Access journey, with the full game set to be released later this year.